Project of Hue – Da Nang steam trains for tourists to be approved
Recently, the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has approved a project of using steam-locomotive trains on the Hue – Da Nang Railway, a part of the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh route, for tourism purposes.
The project will be jointly carried out by Vietnam Railways (VNR) and Indochina Rail Tourist Service Co., Ltd.
The developers need to complete the necessary infrastructures such as swing bridges or standard fire hydrants to enable the operation of the steam locomotive.
Investing VND 81billion in total, the Indochina Rail Co., Ltd has to pay for the railway section use and return the infrastructure when required by the Ministry. On the other hand, VNR will manage transportation services and operating charts.
Steam trains were no longer used in Vietnam in the 1990s and replaced by diesel-driven ones.
Operating through Hai Van Pass - one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam, the new steam trains include VIP wagons, restaurants, kitchen, wagons for sightseeing, promisingly attracting more tourists from Lang Co (Hue) to Danang.
Aerial view of train and railway on Hai Van pass
The steam train operation will not affect passenger and freight transportation on the North-South railway route.
Hai Van Pass between Thua Thien Hue Province and Danang City has recently been listed as one of the 10 most thrilling drives in Asia by the Canadian travel site The Travel.
Hue's night pedestrian zone around the Imperial Citadel was officially opened last Friday evening, April 22nd after a long postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
After 2 years of closure due to Covid-19, Thua Thien Hue Province is preparing to welcome Korean visitors with vaccine passports in December.